Thursday, January 28, 2010

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 17 :: Warm Winter Knits

And we're back! After a long hiatus for Karen's Picks, my weekly feature triumphantly returns! Without further ado, let's get down to business.

This week's picks are all items that would keep you quite warm and cozy through the winter. I live deep in the woods of the northeast United States, so warm (and stylish) knits are important accessories... You don't want to leave home without them.

For many, keeping that cup o' joe warm in the morning is critical. Now you can keep your favorite beverage warm and look good doing it. By CuffeShop, $14.Leg warmers are an under appreciated winter accessory. I like the simplicity of these ones. They'd be nice to lounge around in... By midnghtdolphin, $30.These mittens are beautiful. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. So sweet and simple. By sweetcaitlin, $18.I don't do heels. Ever. But if I did, and I wanted to wear them out on a blistery evening, I would want some of these lovelies... By scarfmaker, $42.I'm going to start off by saying that fingerless gloves must be very popular these days. About 75% of the products found under gloves and mittens on Etsy are fingerless. Who knew? Personally speaking, I like my fingers covered. But I do appreciate fingerless gloves for driving. Anyways, after searching through tons of them, I finally settled on a pair that I really like. By homelab, $35.This neckwarmer is reversible... and the best part is that each side features different buttons- one side is quite feminine, while the other more masculine. This is a neckwarmer that you can share with your lover! (not at the same time, of course...) By yarncoture, $69.I don't get all dolled up very often, but this would be a lovely shrug to wear over a little black dress at a wintry party. So pretty... By trendyknitting, $72.If you know me, you know that everything in my closest has a hood attached to it. It's actually a little but silly. But anyways... This hooded scarf is just my speed. I think I need one. By Wrapt, $32.
These are just plain amazing. They make me want to go skiing and drink hot cocoa. By MockPinkDesigns, $40.Maybe you want to knit your own amazing accessories? This pattern looks great. And I love the name of this shop... By karendipity, $8.
And lastly, I had to include these. They are just the cutest darn things that I have seen in a long time. I want every small child on earth to wear them. By SaintReagansHollow, $39.99.
Enjoy the day and keep warm. ~ Cheers ~

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January: To Love, Or Not To Love

There are lots of reasons that I love January in New England, but there are also some things that I'm not so fond of. I like it because it's often snow-covered and beautiful. A hush falls upon the forest surrounding my home. Life slows down and allows for some mental catch-up following the madness of the holidays. Our wood stove burns away through the days and nights making our space warm and cozy. There's time to do new craft projects and play around with new ideas. Time for books and movies and board games. But what I really don't like so much is the lack of time I spend outdoors. I realized this past week that I hadn't been outside, except to walk to my car, since New Years! Unacceptable if you ask me. It's not that I'm scared of hanging out in the cold... I just don't do it as often as I should. Maybe it's the shorter days, or the process of getting prepared for the cold... I don't know. But I'd like to resolve to going out more, cold weather and all. I spoke with a friend who is living in a big city in China the other day and she reminded me that not everyone is so lucky as to have a forest to romp around in that's just out their back door. So on Thursday of this week, my brother and I took a short jaunt down my road. I snapped a few pictures and I thought I'd share them here. I hope you enjoy them! Cheers~

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Staying on track in 2010

It's been a busy and productive start to the new year for Moon & Sundries...

A few weeks back, I went and met with a gallery manager in Westfield, MA about having the gallery carry my work. I am quite pleased to announce that you can now find my creations at Shaker Gifts: Arts & Organics. They are carrying my wallets, Pressed Leaf Jewelry, and my bead-stitched jewelry. I'm really excited to get my foot in the door with such a fantastic shop, whose inventory is about 95% locally produced. If you're in the area, or passing through MA on the turnpike, be sure to stop in and check out all the handmade treasures! The gallery is located at: 16 Union Ave, in the Pilgrim Candle Marketplace, Westfield MA.

I've also been deep in production mode. I'm trying to get as much stuff made as I can while I'm trapped in my house through the winter. Lots of fabric has been cut for wallets, many tiny beads have been stitched into place... There has even been a new line of Valentine's Day cards introduced to my Etsy shop.

Last week, I met with members of the Artisans of Western MA. We're a new group whose focus is to promote the lively local arts scene right here in our neck of the woods. We're gaining momentum and there are lots of plans on the horizon for 2010... I can't wait to see what we'll accomplish this year!

Today, I finally got around to signing up with Propay. This means that I now have the ability to accept debit and credit cards at craft shows. You'll never need to stop off at an ATM on your way to see me ever again! Hooray!

Hope you're having a great and productive day as well! Cheers to you~

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fresh Start For A New Year

I've done it! I've finally done it! I've cleaned my studio! By the time Christmas had rolled around, you couldn't even walk in there. After three days of sorting, cleaning, dusting, organizing, folding, rearranging, and purging, the craft room is once again a working space! I took a few before and after pictures to show you just what I'm talking about. Here are a few of the before shots...I like how this one demonstrates my use of the ironing board as a table...And here's the 'Fresh Start'... (Funny how is still looks crazy... I'm such a pack-rat!)
It feels so much better in there. I'm really looking forward to a productive and prosperous year... the only way to get that started was to start with a clean slate. I'm so happy to say that I can check my first major task of the year off the list!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It's a whole new decade out there! I hope you enjoyed the holiday festivities with lots of friends and family around you!

I've been quite absent from the internet in the last month or so... lots of craft shows, holiday gift crafting, and travel have kept me quite busy. I wrapped up the year with a week of great shows up in Burlington VT with the Blues & Lasers and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. A rocking party was had by all.

A few weeks back, I got to curate a Treasury on Etsy. Now that it has expired, I wanted to share it with you here... All of the selected work was made locally, right here in western MA. Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! Cheers!